August 23, 2016


After selecting preset, making adjustments to blend mode or opacity deselects the preset

Brush Cursor not changed when using [ and ] keys to change brush size and hardness

Uninstaller did not remove the plugin file from 32bit PS or PSE

Mac version auto update incorrectly downloads Windows installer

Some symbols (#,%,^,*) saving in URI format in Save Process

Save As did not use input file name

Light Position changes did not update in preview

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July 1, 2016


First run takes much longer than successive runs

Warning dialogue inconsistencies

Undo/Redo issues regarding sliders and other minor actions


Option to enable/disable example image

June 28,2016


Option to enable High Resolution processing (disabled by default). This is now required to enable the Show Painting Progress option.


Favoriting, then unfavoriting an effect, while logged into the Community no longer prevents an effect from being displayed again while logged in as that user.

Bug that prevented users from deleting effects downloaded from the Community, while logged in.

Bug that incorrectly shows that preset was successfully shared, when user cancels login to Community.


Download count now updates for each user that downloads an effect.

June 24,2016


Missing/White Effects, no previews

Performance improvements when switching between Edit and Effects List


Added a "Low Resolution" processing mode

System Requirements

 Impression 2 has new system requirements!


 OS: OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12

 GPU: OpenGL 3.3 support or higher

 GPU VRAM: At least 1GB What is this?

 System RAM: At least 4GB

Need to Update? Click the OS version you'd like to update to, below:


 OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10 - 64bit Only

 GPU: OpenGL 3.3 support or higher

 GPU VRAM: At least 1GB What is this?

 System RAM: At least 4GB

Need to Update? Click the OS version you'd like to update to, below:

 File Type Support:

 JPEG - supported

 PNG - supported

 TIFF - supported

 RAW (DNG, CR2, etc) - not supported*

*If you would like to edit your RAW files you will either need to use a host editor that can read them like Lightroom or Photoshop, or convert it to one of the formats listed above

Impression Now Includes Masking!

Spot, Color, Luminosity, and Brush Masks available

You no longer need a host editor like Photoshop to create masks on your images! Now, you can open Impression and begin creating your masterpiece right away, and mask areas of your image directly from the application. We provide you with four masking options:

The Spot Mask

The spot mask is the most basic of masks available to you in Impression 2. Create a soft vignette effect, a subtle transition, or other interesting effects with the spot mask in Impression 2.

The Color Mask

The color mask is an advanced masking technique that uses color value differences to create a mask for you. This mask is great for images that are clearly defined by color edges, and can bring a unique feel to the image you are creating.

The Luminosity Mask

The luminosity mask is an advanced masking technique that uses luminosity values to determine edges for the mask, and creates the mask for you. This mask can create detailed effects on light sources and 'glowing' portions of your image.

The Brush Mask

The brush mask puts all the control of the mask into your hands. Here, you can brush the effect in and out, and touch up edges around your subject in the image you are creating. Use the Color Aware tool to create a clean mask along edges of your subject!

New Brush Controls and Improvements!

Impression 1 Brush Browser

Impression 2 Brush Browser

Brush Browser Now Larger

You asked, we listened. Now, the brush browser will display 3 rows, instead of 2. Also, the brush stroke previews have been increased in size, so you can more easily see which brush you're selecting!

Choose How Many Strokes Impression 2 Uses

Now, Impression 2 will allow you to decide how many brush strokes to use. These options will allow you to decide how many strokes Impression makes to create your image.

See How Impression Paints

You now have the ability to watch Impression paint your image. The faster your graphics card is, the faster this live painting effect will be. If you find this option to be distracting, you can turn it off in Preferences. This option requires you to enable High Resolution Processing in Preferences.

Topaz Community

Topaz Community

The Topaz Community that was introduced with Texture Effects has now been expanded to include Impression 2! All you need to do to access this feature, and begin exploring effects created by other Topaz users, is selecting the Browse button at the top of the effects panel. You can also resize the panel, to two columns wide, to see the Local/Community/Both option for effects.

Effects Sync

Impression 2 will save your custom effects for you! In order for this feature to work, you must first login to the Topaz Community. You can do this by selecting the Community → Login menu option. Then, every effect that you save in Impression 2 will be available on any machine that you login to. This feature will require you to sign in to the account you used to create the custom effects.

Effects Panel

Impression 2 allows you to resize your effects preview panel. There are two ways to do this:

Using the Browse Button

Click the Browse button once to expand to two columns. Click a second time to expand to four columns. A third click returns you to the single column view.

Using the Drag Handle

Click the edge of the effects preview panel, and drag to the left. The preview panel will show as many columns as your screen has room for.

The effect preview will show only items from the category you have selected, so if you aren't seeing as many effects as you are expecting, make sure you're looking under the All Category to really see the beauty of a four column effect preview panel!

Performance Tweaks

Large Image Support

Impression 2 now supports very large images. The more powerful your graphics card, the larger the image you can process reliably. Here's a guide showing how large of an image you should expect to be able to process, based on the VRAM in your GPU:

Minimum: 1GB → up to 8,000px wide

Recommended: 2GB → up to 12,000px wide

Best: 4GB+ → up to 20,000px wide

New Effects Added

Keeping with tradition, this update will include more than 30 new effects, bringing the total number of included effects to over 140!. Of course, you have access to dozens (eventually hundreds/thousands) more effects through the Topaz Community. Here are the new effects to look for:

Chalk Smudge
Chalk Smudge II
Chalk Smudge III
Color Sketch I
Color Sketch II
Crayon Scratch
Crayon Scratch II
Crayon Scratch III
Fine Brush Scumble
Fine Brush Scumble II
Overpaint I
Overpaint II
Overpaint III
Pencil Haze
Saturated Watercolor
Saturated Watercolor II
Soft Pastel I
Soft Pastel II
Wispy Sketch
Wispy Sketch II
Wispy Sketch III
Fine Brush Scumble III
Impasto Fingerpaint
Knife Smudge I
Knife Smudge II
Knife Smudge III
Monotone Scumble I
Monotone Scumble II
Oil Sticks I
Oil Sticks II
Oil Sticks III

Automatic Preset Migration

If you have created custom presets in Impression 1, and want to make sure you can continue using them in Impression 2, we have good news! Impression 2 detects those custom presets from your previous version and adds them to the application's My Presets category during installation. This means you can seamlessly update and continue to use the latest version of Impression, without the added work of moving your presets.

Undo/Redo Controls

Another highly requested feature, the undo/redo ability has been added to Impression 2. This undo/redo function is unlimited, which means that Impression will allow you to go back and forth, as far back as your system memory will allow. No more making a slight change and not being able to correct it!

Blending Controls


Color Burn
Linear Burn
Darker Color
Color Dodge
Linear Dodge
Lighter Color
Vivid Light
Linear Light
Pin Light
Hard Mix
Inverse Screen

22 New Blend Modes

Impression 2 has added 22 new blend modes to the application, which provides even more control over the effects you apply, and how they impact your image. We are excited to see how many different creations our customers can come up with using these new blend modes! Also, blend modes preview when you hover over each option, for an instant comparison!

How To Update

If you already have Impression:

Updates are free!

That's right, all Topaz Labs updates are free. This means that if you own Impression already, all you have to do is download the Impression 2 installer, activate with your current license key, and you're done!

If you do not have a 30-digit license key, and have an alpha-numeric code, please register your code at the page below:
Once you register, your license key will then be found on your My Account Page.

If you do not have Impression:

Head to the store:


 Buy Impression 2
If you would like to try Impression 2 out for 30 days, instead, simply head to our Downloads Page and download the installer, or use one of the download buttons below:
 Downloads Page
Open Impression 2, then you will then press Start Trial to use the software for 30 days, on the first launch.  After 30 days, you will be asked to head to our  Topaz Labs Store to purchase Impression 2.

Download Impression 2:

Don't see the buttons above?  Click the links below to get the installer:

 Downloads Page
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